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Family Law

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Saying, “I agree,” Rather than “I do:” Proving a Marvin Action

In today’s world, we face the rather solemn statistic that nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. During dissolution, community property laws assign half of all property and income from each community asset evenly to each spouse. One increasingly popular alternative is to just “cohabit” rather than enter into a state-sanctioned relationship in order to “avoid” legal rights and responsibilities. However, those of us who hold off on “I do” might also want to think twice before saying, “I agree” to cohabitation.

In 1976, the California Supreme Court caught wind of the social changes and issued the seminal case of Marvin v.


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